Outlook, Hotmail, and the Cloud

This is old news from August 2012 but Hotmail or Live (remember Live?) or MSN  users will notice the changes in 2013. Microsoft has closed Hotmail, the webmail service it opened in 1996, and upgraded user accounts to Outlook.com.   Fortunately, hotmail users keep their email address and the conversion is painless. This is part of Microsoft’s move to the cloud, something which most MS Office users will want to get used to this year, and redesign of products to work well on mobile devices and encompass all communications functions.

Panel of choices in Outlook.com

Panel of choices in Outlook.com

There may be a learning curve – “In the Outlook.com inbox, your personal email comes alive with photos of your friends, recent status updates and Tweets that your friend has shared with you, the ability to chat and video call – all powered by an always up-to-date contact list that is connected to your social networks. And, of course, you are in control of your experience – what you share, the networks you connect to, and your personal information.  ”

A posting in the Office Outlook Blog, Introducing Outlook.com – Modern Email for the Next Billion Mailboxes (July 31, 2012),  describes the changes and how to avail yourself of this service – assuming you are willing to tear yourself away from Google’s competing  communications world.of Gmail and Google Drive.

Note also that there are many Office blogs with loads of tips on using Word, PowerPoint, OneNote and announcements about new webinars.